‘Te Whare Ra’ (pronounced Te Faré Rha) is a small Marlborough based vineyard owned by winemakers Anna and Jason Flowerday. ‘Te Whare Ra’ was first started by Allen and Joyce Hogan in 1979 and had a reputation that stood out from day one. Allen’s reputation for making outstanding aromatics grew and is what ‘Te Whare Ra’ has become known for. His foresight and knowledge has helped ‘Te Whare Ra’ get to where they are today - the oldest boutique winery in Marlborough.
Anna and Jason appeared on the scene in 2003, fresh from working as winemakers in Australia and looking for a place to call their own. Anna and Jason wanted somewhere that was small enough for the two of them, but on a scale that would show that they are very serious about what they are doing. Winemaking is in their blood; both of their families have been involved in the industry for a number of generations and they have never wanted to do anything else. They brought their organic and biodynamic practises to the vineyard and now have a reputation for some of the finest wines in New Zealand.
The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery which has been specifically set up for small batch winemaking. Te Whare Ra produces Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, an aromatic blend called Toru, Rose, Pinot Noir and one of our favourites their Syrah.
To find out more about Te Whare Ra and their wines, visit their website here.